L.A. stories of inspiration and success

L.A. stories of inspiration and success


Angeleno Corps program’s first graduating cohort - pictured are four graduates with L.A. Mayor Garcetti on June 29, 2022
On June 29, 2022, Angeleno Corps’ first ever cohort graduated from the program. The Angeleno Corps is a 10-month long program that offers hands-on work experience and educational support to 18-24 year olds living in Los Angeles.

The selected Corps members served in one of four areas: education and child care, health and environmental justice, tech and digital assistance, and immigration advocacy. Through this part-time work experience,

LA:RISE participant Lorraine
After returning home from 15 years of incarceration, Lorraine relocated to Los Angeles ready to start her next chapter and take advantage of all the opportunities the city had to offer. However, after the move, she experienced homelessness as she worked to overcome steep barriers to finding employment.

Lorraine knew the value of a supportive network and asking for the help that you need, so she sought out

(clockwise from top left) 2022 College graduates Naydelli Mendoza, Gilberto Ochoa, Maria Odalis Marcos, and Armando Garcia - all former Para Los Niños YouthSource program participants
In June, Para Los Niños, operator of the Northeast L.A. and Westlake/Central L.A. YouthSource Centers, shares four stories celebrating the college graduation of their youth participants.

PLN’s strategic goals include offering support to YouthSource participants through college and graduation. EWDD’s network of 14 YouthSource Centers are dedicated to providing key resources for

CuiLing Qiu (right) owner of Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food in Downtown L.A.'s Chinatown
First-generation Asian American restaurant owner CuiLing Qiu has operated Ling Ling BBQ Fast Food on Ord Street in Chinatown since 2019. Having been in operation for only three months when COVID-19 hit, Qiu’s restaurant was forced to stop in-door dining service and offer to-go or delivery orders only to her customers.

In May 2022, the Hollywood BusinessSource Center assisted Qiu in securing

The 17 military veterans that completed low voltage installation tech trainng through the Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center
The Southeast Los Angeles WorkSource Center (WSC) connected 17 military veterans, 11 of whom were homeless, with a training opportunity to become low voltage installation technicians in the Audio Visual (AV) industry.

The center, managed by EWDD contractor the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC), recently partnered with Career Expansion, Inc (CEI), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the Southbay Workforce Board (SBWIB) to successfully conduct the

"I love working at DWC because I am able to touch the community and help others through Job Training." quote from Alex, a Production Trainer at Downtown Women's Center (DWC)
EWDD Updates from June 20, 2022, shares a success story featuring Alexandria, a women able to pursue a new career with job training from the Downtown Women’s Center and support from the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) partnership.

“My name is Alexandria and I'm from a little town in Texas called Texarkana. I have always dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and being a bartender. Once all of my children moved out of the house to pursue their dreams I decided to pursue my own.”

Zoom virtual meeting screenshot from the EWDD and L.A. Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Strategies meeting with Chilean delegates from the Ninth Summit of the Americas
In early June 2022, EWDD General Manager Carolyn Hull accompanied the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (MOED) in a meeting with delegates from the Chilean government to discuss the City’s small business initiatives to keep mom-and-pop shops afloat and assist with financial recovery from COVID-19.

From June 6 to June 10, the City of Los Angeles hosted world leaders from across the Western Hemisphere for

Lura’s Kitchen cookie mixes: Tura Lura's Chocolate Chip with Pecans, Madear's Old Fashion Teacake and Langston's No Nonsense Chocolate Chip Cookie
After working as a business coach at the South LA BusinessSource Center for several years, Lura Ball decided to launch her own family business, Lura’s Kitchen.

The South LA BSC, overseen by EWDD contractor Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), offers a series of webinars for small businesses and start-ups, including courses covering

The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening Wednesday June 8, 2022, offering tours of its new location within the Second Home Coworking Space.
The Hollywood BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, June 8, 2022, offering tours of its new location within the Second Home Coworking Space. Members of the EWDD Economic Development Division attended and were impressed by the unique office space, which they likened to an atmosphere reminiscent of tech firm campuses.

Long-term EWDD contractor Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) will administer the day-to-day operations of the center. PACE also oversees the

Celebrating its grand opening on May 31, 2022, the Southeast Los Angeles BusinessSource Center marks the first center to serve the Southeast LA small business community
On May 31, 2022, the Southeast Los Angeles BusinessSource Center (BSC) celebrated its grand opening. The addition of the Southeast LA BSC expands EWDD’s BusinessSource Center network to 10 locations and marks the first BSC to serve the Southeast LA community.

The center’s day-to-day operations will be led by

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